Don’t Lose Your Mojo

first_imgIt doesn’t matter that you failed. It doesn’t matter that you lost the client, lost the opportunity, or lost the job. It doesn’t matter that you did your best and that your best wasn’t good enough. The events or the circumstances that led to your failing don’t matter either. There are only three things that matter now.First, you need to derive any lessons you can from your failure. The price of an education is experience. And the price of experience is failure. What did you learn?Second, it matters that you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and step back into the arena. Your past performance isn’t necessarily indicative of your future performance. Lots of people failed countless times before finally breaking through. But to succeed in the future, you have to try again.But the most important thing I saved for last: You can’t lose your mojo. You are a value creator. You live by the Value Creator’s Code. Because you are a value creator, it’s time to reengage with the world and the opportunities in front of you with all the confidence in your abilities that you had when you tried and failed. It’s time to step back in with all of your mojo, all of your confidence. It’s time to reengage your head, your heart, and your guts. All of these things are still alive inside you. Or they could be.The world is waiting for you to make a difference. We’re counting on you. A lot of people are counting on you. Get your mojo working.last_img read more

On Transformation with Dr. Bob Wright – Episode 19

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (13.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDr. Bob Wright has spent most of his life studying what it takes for human beings to transform themselves. I ask Bob about the differences between change and transformation, what it takes to liberate oneself, and how one develops new beliefs to replace limiting beliefs.Show NotesDr. Bob WrightTransformed: The Science of Spectacular Living (affiliate link)last_img

11 Observations on How Groups Decide to Change

first_imgPeople have a tough time deciding to change. Until they don’t. When their dissatisfaction reaches threshold, they make the decision to change very quickly.It is difficult for groups to make decisions. The more dysfunctional the group, the more difficult it is to gain consensus. The more aligned the group, the easier it is for them to reach consensus. An aligned group doesn’t have to have unanimity.In some groups, a powerful leader can pretend to gain consensus by holding meetings and allowing people to pretend to be part of the process. They know they are pretending. This provides you a glimpse into your future.The most vocal person in the room is often the leader, but isn’t always the most influential person. The person in the group that leaders and others ask questions is often the most influential.The person who remains quiet in group meetings is often the person who is most vocal when they are with a single person outside of a group. This secret agent can very quietly sabotage a change effort.The fewer people with a compelling reason to change, the less likely it is the change is made. People have a difficult time understanding how another person’s compelling need to change is also their compelling need to change.The number of people required to approve change increase in proportion to the size, the complexity, and the risk of that change.People who are left out of decisions often oppose a decision to change because their needs were not considered. This is true even when there is no reason for them to oppose that change.It is still possible for one person with authority to make a decision to change. When a decision is important to a larger group, the execution of that change is more difficult in proportion to the number of people who were left out of that decision.Some groups have trouble making a decision to change rely on an outsider to make the decision for them as way to eliminate the messy process of building consensus. This doesn’t eliminate many of the challenges, but it does sometimes allow the change to occur.When helping a group change, and outsider will sometimes unknowingly and unwittingly be used as a pawn in a proxy war. The outsider may be unaware he is making enemies.last_img read more

Sell Like a Human

first_imgWe don’t like people who are inauthentic. We don’t like phonies, frauds, or fakes. We like people who are real, honest, and congruent.We also don’t like to do business with people who are only telling us what we want to hear so they can make a sale. We don’t appreciate someone using what they know about us to manipulate us, persuade us, or coerce us into taking action—especially for their gain.Do You Know MeIntimacy is difficult to automate. The fact that computers now know more about you than your doctor, your lawyer, your priest or rabbi does not mean that you have any level of intimacy with the company who owns the data. You may love Facebook, but it doesn’t love you back. Intimacy is something uniquely human, or at least limited to sentient beings, and something that isn’t easily replicated.The recommendation engine on an online bookstore isn’t the same as Brian calling to tell me he found a signed, first edition of Richard Nixon’s autobiography.Do You CareThe pre-written email that is sent after a computer determines that there is something of note in your communication that calls for an empathetic response is not the same as a phone call from a human being that personally reaches out to you.Empathy isn’t something that can be outsourced to microchips.Prospecting CampaignsThere are some communications that are so transactional that they can be automated, like communications that give you information without requiring any real conversation. Sales campaigns, especially campaigns designed to acquire a commitment for time, require a real conversation. That conversation is the only way one party can address the other party’s concerns. Automation isn’t conversation.Because something is possible doesn’t make it the right choice. More still, like or not, you are telling your prospective client how you feel about them when you automate what should be human. You are projecting that you believe they are a transaction, and not a human.As long as you are selling to humans, sell like a human. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Blasts hit Manipur border

first_imgTwo bomb blasts rocked Moreh, Manipur’s border town on Saturday night. Police said that the first blast took place at 9:30 p.m. at the perimeter wall of the police station in the town. The second blast was reported at midnight at Gamnom Veng inside the town. There was no casualty.Police said that of late there have been several blasts at Moreh and nearby areas and Tamu, a trading centre in Myanmar.On Thursday L. Soshindro, the parliamentary secretary (Home) was attacked when he had gone to Kotha near Moreh to inaugurate a religious festival. Four policemen were injured in the twin blasts.Earlier, two troopers of 165 Territorial Army were killed and two others wounded along Trans Asian Highway No. 2 that leads to Moreh.There has been no claim by any insurgent group. The latest blasts come shortly after the condemnation of the Kotha blasts. People of Moreh had also protested with a 24 hour general strike in protest against the blast at Kut ground near the police station.Police say that efforts are on to establish the identity of the insurgents behind the blasts and their motive.last_img read more

Vaghela resigns as Leader of Opposition

first_imgVeteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress two days ago, on Sunday resigned as Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly. Mr. Vaghela sent his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.In his letter shared with the media, the former Chief Minister alleged that he was forced to take this “tough decision” as some Congress leaders were conspiring against him ahead of the Assembly polls, expected to be held in Gujarat in December.Mr. Vaghela, who joined the Congress in 1998, claimed that just as some Congress leaders had conspired against him in 2009, when he lost the Godhara (Panchmahal) Lok Sabha seat, attempts were made to oust him from the party in recent times.“As I can see right now that once again history is repeating itself, as a well-planned conspiracy,” the letter said.last_img read more

Citizens should be eyes, ears of security forces: Fadnavis

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens to be the security forces’ eyes and ears to prevent a terror attack like 26/11. “India has always showed its strength and has given a clear message that we are ready to fight and defeat any kind of aggression. I sincerely appeal to all citizens to be vigilant and become the eyes and ears of our police and security forces,” he said at a function held at the Gateway of India on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Mumbai. Speaking with the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in the background, one of the main targets of the 26/11 attack, Mr. Fadnavis said, “Hotel Taj, the victim of the biggest terror attack at that time, is still standing with the same magnificence. It tells the whole world that terrorists and their supporters might be finished, but India will remain unhurt.”Praising the security forces, he said, “Our soldiers have the capability to give a fitting reply to attackers. After the military action in Doklam, India is being seen as a strong nation in the whole world. Our soldiers deserve the credit of making this country one of the most powerful one in the world.” The BSF had also organised a car and cycle rally by Divyangs, which set out from India Gate in New Delhi on November 14 and ended at the Gateway of India on Sunday. Addressing a function at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mr. Fadnavis reiterated the need for alertness. “Over the last two years we have improved our security systems, provided better weapons to the police, bulletproof vests, improved co-ordination among police, Army and naval forces. I feel that both the State and the Central governments will continue to do more, but it is also important that the citizens act as the eyes and ears of the government. We are using fisherman and people living on the coastline as our eyes and ears,” he said.last_img read more

IT engineer, family found dead in Pune

first_imgPune: In a case of suspected suicide, a software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in the city’s Baner-Pashan area, police said on Friday.The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their apartment. While there were vrope marks on the necks of the husband and wife, the child appears to have been administered poison, said the Chaturshringi police.Alerted by neighboursPatel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, their house was apparently locked from inside for the past couple of days. “When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late Thursday evening. The Patels apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the bodies of all three,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step, and also the time of the deaths,” said the officer.The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on. Suicide spree in city The Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune city in the last 48 hours. On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area. In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.last_img read more

Militants open fire, lob grenades on IAF facility in Pulwama

first_imgMilitants opened fire and lobbed grenades at the Indian Air Force (IAF) facility in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Tuesday afternoon.A Srinagar-based Army spokesman said two to three militants opened fire and lobbed grenades around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Awantipora’s Malangpora area.“The target was Water Pump House outside the IAF premises. The fire was effectively retaliated by the alert sentries. There is no loss of life,” said the spokesman.Police officials said reinforcements were dispatched to the area and an operation was underway to nab the attackers.Jawan succumbs to injuriesMeanwhile, the injured BSF jawan, constable S.K. Murmu, succumbed to his injuries. A BSF spokesman said the jawan, deployed in Karnah Sector Tangdhar, was hit by a sniper fire from across the Line of Control around 4:50 pm.He had sustained bullet injury in stomach.Kashmir Valley’s Baramulla and Kupwara witnessed fresh ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours.last_img read more

For four million, another chance to make it to National Register of Citizens

first_imgThe starkness of being nowhere Some 2,500 Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) in Assam began issuing claim, objection and correction forms on Friday for people excluded from the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30.NRC officials could not specify how many forms were collected, but they expect the pace of collecting forms to pick up within a week.‘Insufficient evidence’Nearly 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants had been left out of the complete draft because of the lack of sufficient documentary evidence of their citizenship, officials said. They can reapply through the claims form, while those whose names have been misspelt can use the correction form.The objection form is for those who suspect the nationality of a person and feel he or she does not deserve to be on the final, error-free NRC.Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the government had completed only 30% of the work related to the NRC.Also Read  “Preparation of the NRC will take a long time, and by the time it is completed, people’s perception about it may change. People should not come to any final conclusion at this juncture, when only 30% work is done,” he said at a function in Agartala on Friday.“People whose names are missing from the NRC can apply again with valid documents. Then there are the courts to file objections later. There is no need to panic or create unrest,” Mr. Sarma said.He advised tribal political parties in Tripura, such as the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, an ally of the ruling BJP, to wait for the “expensive” Assam exercise to be completed successfully before demanding the NRC for their State.Hindi handicapThe Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has asked the NRC authorities to designate officers who can read Hindi and Urdu documents submitted by applicants at the Kendras. “Hundreds of Hindi-speaking people from central and northern India could not find a place in the final draft of the NRC as they had submitted documents either in Hindi or Urdu,” APCC spokesperson Gauravv Somani said.“Various delegations of the Hindi-speaking community met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to apprise him of the difficulties faced by them in this process of updating the NRC,” Mr. Somani said, clarifying that the Congress was in favour of a foreigner-free NRC.The NRC authorities had sent 5.7 lakh documents to 25 States and Union Territories that had issued certificates to people from those States and UTs residing in Assam. Most such documents were not verified, and those that were sent were not accepted because NRC officials could not read the language, Mr. Somani said.Left suggestsThe Assam State Committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has provided the government with a few suggestions for preparing the Standard Operating Procedure for claims and objections pertaining to the NRC Assam. These include acceptance of marriage and migration certificates by competent authorities, and application of the family tree mechanism to include the children of poor, illiterate people who do not have documents to establish linkage with their parents.“Panchayat certificates issued to married women for establishing linkage with their parents were rejected as most panchayats or village headmen do not maintain a register. If the citizenship of other members of the family is proved by same legacy as submitted by the married women, her name should be included in the NRC,” the CPI(M) said in a statement.The CPI(M) also said the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) should be kept on hold till the NRC is finalised. Assam has 100 FTs where the cases of people declared doubtful voters or suspected as foreigners are tried.“The names found eligible for inclusion in the NRC should be included. Excluded names may be sent to the FTs after the NRC process is over,” the party said, adding that a government-funded DNA test should be done after all measures are exhausted.Soldiers’ pleaFive retired and serving soldiers have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are not excluded from the final NRC.“We ex-servicemen, being bona fide citizens of India and natives of Assam, applied for inclusion of our names along with our family members in the draft NRC. Some ex-servicemen and their family members have been dropped from the draft NRC without any perceptible reason despite using legacy data such as the 1951 NRC and voters’ lists up to 1971 as per the guidelines,” the petition signed by retired honorary Captain Sana Ullah and four others said.last_img read more

FIR against BJP leaders for holding Bengal rally without nod

first_imgThe West Bengal police on Saturday filed an FIR against senior BJP leaders for allegedly holding a public meeting in the Cooch Behar district on Friday without obtaining permission.The leaders named in the FIR are State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, party’s general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Rahul Sinha and State general secretary Raju Banerjee. The charges include unlawful assembly, disobedience of an order promulgated by public servant, threat of injury to public servant and criminal intimidation. BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to flag off a rath yatra from Cooch Behar on October 7, but it was postponed after the issue went to the High Court. The BJP, however, held a public rally at the venue.BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the case demonstrated how the ruling Trinamool Congress government was using the police for its political ends.Meanwhile, during the day, Trinamool workers performed a purification drive at the spot where the rally was held.last_img read more

Deserters will be back: Ajit Pawar

first_imgA day after the election results of five states which saw Congress winning three and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drawing a duck, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders claimed that many BJP and Shiv Sena leaders are in touch with them and would be inducted at right time. NCP’s Ajit Pawar claimed on Wednesday that the leaders who deserted the party in 2014 are trying to return now. “I don’t want to name anyone. But it is true that some of those who left the NCP in 2013 and 2014 are in touch and want to rejoin the party as they are disappointed with BJP. Any decision on their induction is yet to be taken. Party’s senior leaders will take a final call on that,” said Mr. Pawar indicating that there could be major changes in state politics soon. Around 15 State-level leaders of NCP had joined BJP ahead of general and Assembly elections in 2014. Sources said that now these turncoats are disturbed over BJP’s changing electoral fortunes and may return. For Congress, former MP Nana Patole and former MLA Ashish Deshmukh, two leaders from Vidarbha, returned to the party and many others are reportedly in waiting. “Two senior leaders from north Maharashtra and one from western Maharashtra are in touch with the NCP leadership. Two leaders of different communities recently met Mr. Pawar and expressed their desire to join back,” said another senior NCP leader. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Pune, Sanjay Kakde was present to wish NCP president Sharad Pawar on his 78th birthday at Yashwantrao Chavan centre and later travelled in his car to his residence. Last week, an influential member of the Hiray family from Nashik district rejoined the NCP after quitting the BJP.last_img read more

Bengal Congress on the back foot with Noor’s exit

first_imgThe departure of Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor, elected from Malda-North in central Bengal, has set off ripples in the party.Malda has remained a Congress bastion since 1980. But after Ms. Noor’s exit many Congress workers and leaders are sceptical if the party will be able to keep the rest of the flock – three MPs, and two dozen MLAs in West Bengal – together till the Lok Sabha polls given that about one and a half dozen of its legislators have already joined the Trinamool Congress since the 2016 Assembly polls.Ms. Noor, the niece of legendary Congress leader late A.B.A Ghani Khan Choudhury, joined the TMC on January 28 and said that she “trusted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her fight against communalism”.Her exit has dented the confidence of State Congress workers. “National leaders of the Congress and several possible coalition partners shared the stage with Mamata Banerjee about a week ago. We never thought she would poach from the Congress after that January 19 meeting, but she did. It indicates how ruthless she is,” said a Congress MLA.Legislators of two Assembly segments under the Malda-North Lok Sabha constituency joined the TMC over the last few months. One of them, Samar Mukherjee, was with the Congress, while the other, Dipali Biswas, was a CPI(M) leader. “This development shook the confidence of Mausam Noor,” said the MLA. Ms. Noor was the Malda district president of the Congress.The BJP factor Another factor responsible for Ms. Noor’s decision to join the TMC is the BJP’s growth in parts of her constituency. The BJP won six of Malda district’s 38 zila parishad seats in the three-tier panchayat polls last year, despite large-scale violence in the region. While the TMC’s seats in the zila parishad went up from six in 2013 to 30 in 2018, the BJP’s jumped from none to six. The Left Front and the Congress’ dropped from 31 to two. Ms. Noor read the writing on the wall and left the party that was never defeated in Malda [delimitation bifurcated the seat into Malda-North and Malda-South Lok Sabha constituencies] since 1980. “Huge turnout in [BJP president] Amit Shah’s rally in her constituency earlier this month also disturbed her,” the MLA, known to be close to Ms. Noor, said.Bengal Congress president Somendra Nath Mitra said that Ms. Noor’s exit will not affect the Congress’ poll prospects in any way, indicating that Ghani Khan Choudhury’s nephew, Isha Khan Choudhury, will be its Malda-North candidate in the Lok Sabha elections. If so, then the seat will witness a fight between two cousins – Mausam Benazir Noor from the TMC and Isha Khan Choudhury from the Congress.The BJP’s vote percentage may improve if the family fight splits the minority vote in the constituency. Malda district has over 51% Muslim vote, as per the 2011 census. Trends indicate that in some blocks of Malda, the BJP has managed to woo sections of the tribal people who earlier always voted for the Left.last_img read more

BSP to contest 38 seats in U.P. as SP settles for 37; RLD to get 3

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday announced that they will contest 75 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general election, practically ruling out any possibility of the Congress joining the anti-BJP alliance in the State.While the SP will contest 37, the BSP will fight it out in 38 seats, the presidents of the two parties, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, said in a joint statement.The names of the candidates have not been announced. Out of the remaining five seats, three will go to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The RLD brushed aside all speculation of being in talks with the Congress, and affirmed that it was a part of the SP-BSP alliance. The three seats for the RLD are Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Mathura. RLD chief Ajit Singh is expected to fight from Muzaffarnagar while vice-president Jayant Chaudhary is likely to contest from Baghpat, considered the pocket borough of the family.The alliance has decided to not field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, currently held by Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Some key constituencies, held by high-profile BJP leaders, including Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Kairana, Phulpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh and Faizabad, have been allotted to the SP. While Varanasi is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gorakhpur is the bastion of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Lucknow is currently held by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, in 2018, the SP wrested Phulpur and Gorakhpur with the support of the BSP and the Nishad Party in a by-poll, while in Kairana the RLD defeated the BJP as a united Opposition experimented in poll management.The SP’s seats include Kannauj, where Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is expected to contest, and Mainpuri, considered a stronghold of SP founder Mulayam Singh. Mulayam’s poserMoments before the list was released, however, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was once again embarrassed by his father Mulayam Singh, who questioned the distribution of seats, saying it would weaken the SP. “On what basis were half the seats given (to the BSP),” the SP patriarch asked, while addressing party workers at the party headquarters. The seats in the BSP’s list of 38 include Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Bijnor, and Bulandshahr. Out of the 17 reserved (SC) seats in teh State, the BSP is contesting 10 while the SP has got seven. The reserved seats include Agra, Nagina and Bulandshahr. While the BSP has no members in the current Lok Sabha, the SP has seven. The RLD holds the Kairana seat.RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary said his party was regularly working for an “effective opposition unity” against the anti-farmer, anti-youth and anti-Dalit policies of the BJP government.last_img read more

Day after EC notice, Sidhu continues attack on PM

first_imgCricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like that new bride who puts on a pretence, rather than actually working, in her marital household. The jibe comes a day after the Election Commission issued notice to Mr. Sidhu for making a derogatory statement about the PM and in the process violating the model code of conduct. “Modi is like a new bride who prepares less rotis but clangs her bangles more to show the neighbourhood that she is neck deep in work. I’m asking the PM the umpteenth time to list one achievement of his in his five-year tenure,” he said. Showing the latest edition of US news magazine Time, which has Mr. Modi on the cover with the caption ‘Divider in Chief’, Mr. Sidhu said the PM was not just that but also “liar in chief’ and “Ambani and Adani’s manager in chief”. He said Mr. Modi was harping on nationalism as he had nothing to show by way of governance. He also attacked Mr. Modi for his statement that a “historic mistake” on the part of the then Congress government ensured that Kartarpur Sahib was included in Pakistan rather than India. “What does this have to do with development, GST etc?” he asked.last_img read more

Desert Farming Experiment Yields First Results

first_imgA project to “green” desert areas with an innovative mix of technologies—producing food, biofuel, clean water, energy, and salt—reached a milestone this week in the Gulf state of Qatar. A pilot plant built by the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) produced 75 kilograms of vegetables per square meter in three crops annually, comparable to commercial farms in Europe, while consuming only sunlight and seawater.  The heart of the SFP concept is a specially designed greenhouse. At one end, salt water is trickled over a gridlike curtain so that the prevailing wind blows the resulting cool, moist air over the plants inside. This cooling effect allowed the Qatar facility to grow three crops per year, even in the scorching summer. At the other end of the greenhouse is a network of pipes with cold seawater running through them. Some of the moisture in the air condenses on the pipes and is collected, providing a source of fresh water.One of the surprising side effects of such a seawater greenhouse, seen during early experiments, is that cool moist air leaking out of it encourages other plants to grow spontaneously outside. The Qatar plant took advantage of that effect to grow crops around the greenhouse, including barley and salad rocket (arugula), as well as useful desert plants. The pilot plant accentuated this exterior cooling with more “evaporative hedges” that reduced air temperatures by up to 10°C. “It was surprising how little encouragement the external crops needed,” says SFP chief Joakim Hauge.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The third key element of the SFP facility is a concentrated solar power plant. This uses mirrors in the shape of a parabolic trough to heat a fluid flowing through a pipe at its focus. The heated fluid then boils water, and the steam drives a turbine to generate power. Hence, the plant has electricity to run its control systems and pumps and can use any excess to desalinate water for irrigating the plants.The Qatar plant has also experimented with other possibilities such as culturing heat-tolerant algae, growing salt-tolerant grasses for fodder or biofuel, and evaporating the concentrated saline the plant emits to produce salt.The Qatar plant—which is supported by Qatari fertilizer companies Yara International and Qafco—is just 1 hectare in extent with 600 square meters of growing area in the greenhouse. The fact that this small greenhouse produced such good yields, Hauge says, suggests that a commercial plant—with possibly four crops a year—could do even better. SFP researchers estimate that a facility with 60 hectares of growing area under greenhouses could provide all the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and egglants now imported into Qatar. The results “reveal the potential for enabling restorative growth and value creation in arid land,” Hauge says. “I personally think that it is very important that people promote and invest in these ideas. Protected agriculture (I call it “indoor food production”) is an important option for the desert areas, particularly in the Middle East,” says Richard Tutwiler, director of the Desert Development Center at the American University in Cairo. “The big question is economic feasibility. How much did it cost to produce 75 kg of cucumbers per square meter?”SFP is now engaged in studies aimed at building a 20-hectare test facility near Aqaba in Jordan. “This will be a considerable scaling up from the 1 hectare in Qatar,” Hauge says, and big enough to demonstrate commercial operation.*Update, 11 November, 2:58 p.m.: A quote from Richard Tutwiler, director of the Desert Development Center at the American University in Cairo, has been added to the story.last_img read more

Old Data Play Hard to Get, Study Finds

first_imgThe older the raw data, the harder it is to get your hands on. That’s the perhaps-not-unsurprising message of a new study by a group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists, who set out to track down the authors of 516 papers published between 2 and 22 years ago.Evolutionary biologist Timothy Vines, of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada, got the idea for the project after finishing up a paper late last year about how archiving policies at journals affected the availability of data. Vines began wondering about a broader question: How fast do data (or the people generating it) disappear?Vines and his colleagues focused on a type of data collection that hasn’t changed all that much, certain types of morphological studies of plants and animals. They focused on 516 papers published after 1990, examining only those that appeared in odd-numbered years to make their list more manageable. They searched for author e-mail addresses online.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In one sense, it was tough to gather data regardless of when the paper was published. In 167 papers published before 2000, 38% had no working author e-mail; for the 349 papers published after 2000, the number dropped to 19%. For papers where an e-mail apparently got through, Vines and his colleagues received a response about half the time, regardless of when the paper was published.Vines suspects that some e-mails, particularly on older papers, didn’t go through. Authors of older papers were much more likely to admit that their data had been lost. Statistical analysis of results suggested that for every extra year a paper had been in circulation, the odds that its data were still around declined by 17%. In only two cases out of 26 from 1991 did Vines and his colleagues determine that data still existed; the number rose steadily to nearly 40% by 2011 (and would likely have been much higher if more authors had responded to their e-mails).Vines notes that the study, published today in Current Biology, has its limitations. Many authors might simply have ignored the e-mails requesting data. “If we had told them, ‘Your research funding will stop right now if you don’t give us your data,’ clearly we would have had a higher response rate,” he admits. Still, there’s no doubt that data are disappearing, whether because researchers become difficult to find or because, as Vines also found, older data are stored using obsolete technology such as on floppy disks.“Everyone sort of thinks this is happening and quietly acknowledges it, but I think it’s important to drag it into the light,” Vines says. Some data sets, such as fieldwork in ecology, are “irreplaceable,” he says. Some are costly to redo. Finally, “if your research is paid for by public money, in some sense the data doesn’t belong to the authors,” Vines argues. “It belongs to the people who paid for it.”last_img read more

An 11,000-Year-Old Dog Tumor

first_imgA sexually transmitted cancer has been spreading from dog to dog for as long as 11,000 years, according to a new analysis. And today, each case of the cancer—known as canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT)—still retains genetic signatures of its very first host. That’s giving researchers a glimpse of the biology of the earliest domesticated dogs and insight into how a cancer can evolve over such long time periods.“This is definitely exciting,” says cancer geneticist Elaine Ostrander of the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, who was not involved in the research. “Dogs have propagated and babysat and taken care of this cell line for thousands of years, and now we have an opportunity to study it.”In 2006, researchers discovered that, unlike most cancers, CTVT doesn’t arise from mutations in an individual animal; rather, it spreads from dog to dog, primarily among feral dog populations in tropical climates. During sex between dogs, cancer cells sloughed by one animal jump to its mate, where they begin forming a new tumor, most often on the genitals. In most cases, chemotherapy is effective, but that’s not true of the only other known transmissible cancer: devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), which is ravaging Tasmanian devils in Australia. DFTD—spread when the ferocious animals bite each other—kills Tasmanian devils within months and has caused the population to decline by 70%. Research into CTVT, scientists hope, will lead to ways to stop or slow the spread of DFTD.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 2006 CTVT study showed, based on the genetic differences between a handful of tumors, that the cancer had been jumping between animals for at least 200 years—but possibly much longer. Now that more advanced genetic technology is available, geneticist Elizabeth Murchison of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom wanted a more specific timeline for the emergence of the cancer. So she and her colleagues sequenced the genomes of two CTVTs, collected from dogs in Australia and Brazil. They found that—compared with the normal dog genome—the cancer contains more than 2 million mutations, far more than any known human cancer. “I was surprised by the sheer number of mutations that we found,” Murchison says. “One in two genes carries a mutation that changes the protein it encodes.”Using previous knowledge about the average mutation rate per year for certain genes, the scientists were able to deduce that the cancer has been in existence for an estimated 11,368 years, they report online today in Science. They were also able to pinpoint genes that originated in the first host of the cancer, when it likely arose through mutations. The genes of this original dog, they concluded, suggest that it had short, dark fur and a body that resembled today’s Alaskan malamutes. Genetics couldn’t determine whether the dog was a male or female, or where it lived, but its genome did show signs of inbreeding, a potential clue as to how the tumor got started.“If this dog was inbred, maybe it was in a very inbred overall population,” Murchison says. “If so, that may have been an environment which was especially conducive for the emergence of a transmissible cancer.”Most cancers can’t spread between individuals because the potential recipient’s immune system detects that the cancer cells are foreign and kills them. In inbred populations, that may not be the case because individuals are more similar genetically, allowing a cancer to become transmissible. Once the tumor had evolved within multiple, similar hosts, it may have developed genetic mutations that allowed it to thrive in an even broader population, Murchison says. The tumor likely didn’t spread from an isolated population to the rest of the world until about 500 years ago, her team found.The new research “sets the stage for future work on what properties of the tumors and of the hosts let these cancers propagate,” Ostrander says. Although there are no instances of transmissible tumors in humans today, understanding how they emerge could help ensure it remains that way, she says.*Correction, 23 January, 3:37 p.m.: The caption and credit were incorrect; they have now been fixed.last_img read more

Indians Among Most Favoured Migrants in UK

first_imgThe Indians residing in the United Kingdom are among the among most favoured migrants living in the country, a recent opinion poll has claimed. According to the YouGov poll, the Indian migrants have a more positive image in the UK as compared to other South Asian communities.Read it at Zee News Related Itemslast_img